Alleluia: Washington area welcomes record number of converts at Easter Vigil

From, of all places, The Washington Post:  For Austin Russell, Easter used to mean dyeing eggs and finding candy. “It was the Easter Bunny — it was fun,” said Russell, 19, who grew up in a home that wasn’t very religious. But this year, Easter carries a weightier meaning for the University of Maryland sophomore. When he started dating [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: for Easter, the NY Times lays an egg

I was otherwise engaged on Sunday, and didn’t check out the NY Times.  But other sharp-eyed readers caught this doozy:  Elisabetta Povoledo is a Rome-based reporter for the paper’s international edition, but either she or her copy editor made a mortifying mischaracterization of the meaning of Easter in an online story on Pope Francis posted [Read More...]

Easter 2013

And how did you spend your weekend? Happy Easter!  He is risen!  Alleluia! Photos by Rosalind Chan-Ganzhi [Read more...]

Catholics, Orthodox prepare to observe one date for Easter in Holy Land

We first reported on this development last year.  Now, it’s closer to becoming a reality. From CNS: For the past 15 years, Catholic parishes throughout the Palestinian territories and many in Israel have been celebrating Easter on the Greek Orthodox date. Now, following a directive from the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, [Read More...]

A Jewish woman’s journey into the Church

You never know how God will work.  The story, from Fargo and the Patch: Susan Finneman can’t remember a time she wasn’t captivated by the Christian faith. Though such a fascination shouldn’t be cause for scandal, in her case, throughout most of her life at least, there was a slight problem: she was Jewish. By [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: deacon at work

Top picture, from the Easter Vigil: blessing the water with the Paschal Candle. Bottom picture, from Easter morning:  putting that water to use, assisting the priest with the sprinkling after renewal of baptismal promises.   Photos: by Rosalind Chan [Read more...]

Cardinal calls on Christians to wear crosses

Details: Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as “a symbol of their beliefs” and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society. The plea by Cardinal Keith O’Brien, head of the Catholic church in Scotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the [Read More...]

Report: rites in Holy Land will observe one date for Easter — UPDATED

Big news from Christ’s homeland: For pastoral reasons, the Catholic Church in the Holy Land plans in future to celebrate Easter according to the Orthodox calendar. The reason is consideration of the many inter-church families, said the Franciscan Custos Pierbattista Pizzaballa. In ecumenical dialogue, the date of Easter is one of the major hurdles. The [Read More...]

Homily for April 1, 2012: Palm Sunday

[Click here for readings.] When I was a kid, this was always a busy week. There was planning for the big meal next Sunday. Would it be ham or lamb? Some years, I’d have a new suit – usually a couple sizes too big, so I could grow into it. My mother would be cleaning [Read More...]

“You’ve Got Holy Week”: Cardinal Dolan’s message on AOL

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